The original Japanese Box

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Project by Ryan Shervill posted 2416 days ago 3613 views 39 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I see there is some discussion as to where this design came from…well, it’s mine :) Heres the first one- I built this about 5 years ago, and since posting it on my website I have seen variations spring up all over the web…it’s fantastic that it has had such wide appeal.

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#1 posted 2416 days ago

Ryan, That is an awsome box. I really like the figure in the sides and top. great work!!!!


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#2 posted 2416 days ago

your boxes are beautiful and obviously an inspiration!

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#4 posted 2416 days ago

Nice Ryan, I’m glad credit was placed where due. Especially for such a unique and engaging design. I’d imagine its very gratifying for your design to find its way around as much as it has. A tribute to your craftsmanship.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#5 posted 2416 days ago

Wow! Nice box!

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Pete Santos

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#6 posted 2416 days ago

Just like in music, imitation is the greatest form of flattery but, nothing compares to the original.

I have seen some of the variations of your original box and I have to say that yours is too beautiful for words.

Kudos for such an outstanding work of art!!!

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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#7 posted 2416 days ago

Wow, this is wonderful. I especially like your attention to design and craftsmanship detail on the inside. Really beautiful.

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#8 posted 2416 days ago

<———is speechless !

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#9 posted 2415 days ago

Congratulations on your wonderful original design. I’ve been getting more and more comfortable with where I’m at skill-wise, but I always wish I had more of a design sense. Most of my designs are borrowed and altered somewhat. I envy your artistic eye. Bravo.

-- Happy woodworking!

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Mike Shea

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#10 posted 2415 days ago

thats funny that box looks allot like mine…... you must have stollen my design. haha. just kidding. actually i think you are the one that i got inspiration from to build my japanese box a year ago. hands down one of the most gourgouse boxes i have seen. i cant tell you how many people have complimented the style and apeal of the replica i made…... do you have a web site?

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Mike Shea

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#11 posted 2415 days ago

and for the record i never took credit for the disign. i have always said that the box was a replica of a box in wich i was inspired by. i love your work and hope to see more of it

-- i can do all things through christ who strengthens me

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#12 posted 2414 days ago

That figure just pops right out at you, gorgeous.

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Ryan Shervill

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#13 posted 2414 days ago

Hi Mike, No…I never thought you took credit, I read your comments under yours :)
I do have a website, although it is hopelessly outdated:
a bunch of my other stuff:



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#14 posted 2280 days ago

no doubt people would try to copy such a perfect example !!! This is truly magnificent craftsmanship : )

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#15 posted 2280 days ago

Ryan. That a great box. a nice job on it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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